Taking Care of Ourselves

– Personal accountability, situational awareness, education and strong leadership are familiar concepts in the fire service for reducing line-of-duty deaths. On the second day of the Fire Service Occupational Cancer Symposium, these same themes recurred during presentations, workshops and discussions for preventing the incidence of cancer among firefighters.  READ

Understanding Cancer in the Fire Service

Understanding Cancer in the Fire Service

– Five hundred firefighters of various ranks and departments, industry representatives and researchers are gathered again in Phoenix for the Fire Service Occupational Cancer Symposium. It’s the first of its kind meeting focused solely on this issue. READ

Cancer: The Toughest Battle for Today’s Firefighter

– To help inform more firefighters about what they can do to better educate themselves about preventing cancer and supporting others battling this insidious disease, Dubron will lead two workshops at the Fire Service Occupational Cancer Symposium in Phoenix, AZ, September 7 - 8.  READ

Fire Hero Learning Network Now Has 60,000 Users

Fire Hero Learning Network has reached 60,000 users! Are you registered? Sign-up today on the official online learning network of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, part of the Everyone Goes Home® effort.  READ

U.S. Fire Chiefs Learn Lessons at High-Rise Fire Conference in Minneapolis

– Last week, Chief Ron Siarnicki, Executive Director of the NFFF, participated in the Firehouse High-Rise Fire and Life Safety Summit in Minneapolis, MN. Fire Chiefs and Fire Marshalls from around the country gathered for in-depth discussions on current and proposed fire codes, fire protection systems and manual fire suppression efforts.  READ

Checking In

NFFF Launches Podcast Series on Behavioral Health

– “Checking In: A Behavioral Health Size-Up” was created to help firefighters, their families and health-care providers better understand the behavioral health challenges and needs of firefighters. » Listen: Checking In: A Behavioral Health Size-Up READ

New Partnership makes Annual Physicals a Priority

– To lead this effort, the First Responder Center for Excellence for Reducing Occupational Illness, Injuries and Deaths, Inc. and the Safety, Health and Survival Section of the International Association of Fire Chiefs announce a new partnership at FRI in Charlotte, NC. READ

Cardiac Enlargement in U.S. Firefighters

New research links enlarged heart to sudden cardiac events among firefighters

– It’s widely acknowledged in the fire service that cardiac events account for roughly 45 percent of all firefighter line-of-duty deaths. Autopsy reports showed many of these incidents occurred... READ

Checking In Episode 1

Checking In Episode 1 – Series Introduction

– This podcast provides an overview of behavioral health and is geared toward anyone looking to find out more about the issues surrounding stress injury and PTSD with our first responders. READ

Checking In - Episode 2

Checking In Episode 2 – Leadership

– A panel of experts discusses the role of team leaders in fire departments in recognizing and dealing with stress injury or PTSD with their team members. This podcast challenges leaders to take a proactive role in providing behavioral health services in their department.  READ